Chase Vasser wants to be efficient when he‚Äôs on the field.
The junior outside linebacker missed the first two games of the season due to a suspension stemming from an arrest in May when he was charged with driving under the influence in Atlanta.
And after serving his suspension, Vasser has made the most of his opportunities.
He stepped in for the injured Jarvis Jones his first game back against Florida Atlantic, and recorded seven tackles with one forced fumble ‚Äî the best game of his career.
‚ÄúIt definitely shows off the hard work I‚Äôve put in. I just thank the coaches for allowing me to come back and play fast and physical,‚Äù Vasser said. ‚ÄúI had a little chip on my shoulder from (missing) the first two weeks.‚Äù
Coach Mark Richt was pleased the most with how efficient Vasser was playing when he was on the field.
‚ÄúThe amount of plays he made compared to how many he was actually in the game was a pretty high ratio of production,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI was really happy with him.‚Äù
Last weekend against Vanderbilt, Vasser continued to see extended minutes even with Jones back in the lineup. He had four tackles, with one for a four yard loss.
Richt said Vasser‚Äôs playing time is directly affected by what kind of packages opposing offenses are using.
‚ÄúA lot of his playing time is dictated on who‚Äôs actually in the game offensively,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúIt depends on how many two-receiver sets that we see. If there‚Äôs two receivers in the game, he‚Äôs been in the game.‚Äù
The biggest difference for the junior linebacker has been the level of experience he gained from playing last season.
His first career start was against South Carolina in the grueling 45-42 loss at home.
‚ÄúMy first start (against) South Carolina I remember I had butterflies ‚Äî it was insane,‚Äù Vasser said. ‚ÄúAs the season went on, I was fighting a little injury bug, but I could tell I was getting better experience and I wasn‚Äôt nervous anymore.‚Äù
At times he would overthink instead of react. So far in 2012, it‚Äôs been a different story.
‚ÄúLast year I didn‚Äôt have a lot of experience and I know some times I was a little hesitant when I could‚Äôve had a forced fumble, a tackle for a loss or sacks here and there,‚Äù Vasser said. ‚ÄúThis year I have more experience and now I‚Äôm not going out there thinking too much. (Against Florida Atlantic) I was prepared, I was ready, and I had fresh legs and was eager to get back out there.‚Äù
With fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree expected to return soon, Vasser may again see his playing time diminished, but it doesn‚Äôt affect him the slightest.
‚Äú(The coaches) just say they‚Äôre going to get the best 11 guys on the field and I have faith in them. I hope they continue to let me play, but it‚Äôs all about the team it‚Äôs not about just one person,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúSo no matter what, whatever it takes to get us back to Atlanta and hopefully to Miami ‚Äî it doesn‚Äôt bother me.‚Äù